Since I had my "piercing epiphany" about a month and a half ago, it's interesting how my actions have fallen right in line and I just feel so damn healthy. It's really weird.
In late 2003, I made some realizations about taking better care of myself physically, and I did make some important changes then like not eating fast food. When I got the mental thing in order by writing my book and quitting my day job in early 2004, I thought of it as a great transitional time to do more, but it never panned out.
But now... the eating is better in terms of portions and at least some veggies (which compared to none is an improvement). I'm not exercising quite as much as I'd like to be, but I am playing with the volleyball kids at the open gyms I've been running.
That's where the other realization hit me. Last night I brought one of my alumni J.O. players with me, and we got hardcore. After 90 minutes, I wasn't tired or sore, and I'm good today as well. The only way I can account for that in terms of the difference from the J.O. season is that I'm eating right and drinking crazy amounts of water.
I'm sure that some people I know would be skeptical about my long-term ability to maintain this lifestyle, but the thing is that it hasn't been hard. Not even a little. I have my moments of "shit I need to eat something," but usually I'll have a small snack and move on.